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The acclaimed PBS series MASTERPIECE, renowned for its superb adaptations of classic literature, is a trusted source for both teachers and students. Presenting a treasure trove of video segments from MASTERPIECE, supported by essays and teacher tips, this collection offers innovative ways to access, understand, and analyze complex literary texts. Watching these pivotal moments from award-winning shows also helps to provide a deeper appreciation of the power of film dramatization—and the importance of becoming a critical media consumer.
This resource featuring three video segments from MASTERPIECE's adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank” dramatizes several moments in Anne’s life when hiding from the Nazis during World War II, as described in her diary.
This video excerpt is the dramatic opening scene from the MASTERPIECE adaptation of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations.
Pip's rapid transformation into a gentleman affects more than his outward appearance, as seen in this video excerpt from the MASTERPIECE adaptation of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations.
This video excerpt is the moving, final scene from the MASTERPIECE adaptation of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations.
In this excerpt from the 2007 MASTERPIECE adaptation of Jane Eyre, a young and clever Jane first meets Mr. Brocklehurst, the cruel master of Lowood School.
In a pivotal scene excerpted from the 2007 MASTERPIECE adaptation of Jane Eyre, Jane meets Mr. Rochester for the first time.
In this excerpt from the MASTERPIECE adaptation of Jane Eyre, Jane’s status as a lowly governess is underscored when she overhears a conversation at a fancy dress party.
In this video from the MASTERPIECE adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Sense and Sensibility, the three Dashwood sisters and their mother must adjust to their change in status as they have dinner with the new owners of Norland Park.
This video from "Sense and Sensibility," MASTERPIECE’s adaptation of the classic novel by Jane Austen, conveys how setting—a humble cottage on the wild Devon coast—makes a dramatic statement about the reduced circumstances of the Dashwood family.
In this video from the MASTERPIECE adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Sense and Sensibility, Elinor’s joyous reaction to Edward’s heartfelt declaration of love—and marriage proposal—brings the story to a satisfying conclusion.
In this scene from "Wuthering Heights," MASTERPIECE’s 2009 adaptation of the classic Emily Brontë novel, the daughter of Catherine and Edgar Linton meets the mysterious and dashing Mr. Heathcliff on the moors.
In this scene from "Wuthering Heights," MASTERPIECE’s 2009 adaptation of the classic Emily Brontë novel, Heathcliff is portrayed as the classic Byronic hero: charming, rebellious, romantic, chivalrous—and dangerous.
In this scene from "Wuthering Heights," MASTERPIECE’S 2009 adaptation of the classic Emily Brontë novel, an angry Heathcliff confronts Cathy.
The MASTERPIECE Agatha Christie Book & Film Club provides background information, discussion questions, activities and additional resources for exciting and engaging library programming.